Judicial Application of Election Petition Laws at the 2017 Anambra State Governorship Election TribunalINTRODUCTION: The Governorship election in Anambra State was held on 18th November, 2017. Some 37 political parties fielded candidates for the governorship election. At the end of the election, INEC returned the incumbent, Mr. Willie Obiano, as elected having polled the highest number of votes cast at the election. He was closely followed by Mr. Tony Nwoye of the All Progressive Congress (APC). The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declaring the result in Awka on Sunday 19th November, 2017 through the Returning Officer, Prof. Zana Akpagu, said…
Judicial Application of Election Petition Laws at the 2017 Anambra State Governorship Election Tribunal [2]PROCEEDINGS AND OUTCOMES OF THE ELECTION PETITIONS: APP V. CHIEF WILLIE OBIANO & 2 ORS (EPT/AN/GOV/01/2017) On the 5th day of March, 2018 the Anambra State Election Tribunal dismissed Petition No. EPT/AN/GOV/01/2017 for failure by the Petitioner to file the mandatory Pre-Hearing Notice in Form TF007 as required by Paragraph 18(1) of the First Schedule to the Electoral Act, 2011.[1] Counsel for Governor Obiano, the 1st Respondent, Dr. Onyechi Ikpeazu SAN leading Ken Mozia SAN, Emeka Etiaba SAN and Pat Ikwueto SAN, in moving an application…
On Sunday 24th June 2012, President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, in his monthly media chat stunned the entire country when he brazenly stated that he will not make his asset declaration public. For him, publicly declaring his assets and liabilities was a matter of principle and he had elected not to so declare. Some have argued that the Presidents attack was on ’public’ declaration of assets and liabilities. Others insist his assault was on s.140 of the 1999 Constitution. I want to agree more with the former. I find it hard to believe the President was or could have been sworn…
A Lagos High Court Judge,Justice Mufutau Olokoba,has nullified the death sentence passed on five persons.This declaration followed an originating summons filed by Mr Norrison Quakers (SAN) in 2008, against the Attorney-General of Lagos State on behalf of the five condemned persons, who were convicted at various occasions and for various offences between 1984 and 1995. They were to die by hanging or firing squad.The judge, who described the mode of execution of the said punishment as an infraction on the right to human dignity of the condemned persons, granted a perpetual injunction restraining the respondents (Lagos State Government) from executing…
Venues for Senate Zonal Public Hearings on Constitution ReviewThe Nigerian Senate has released venues for the Zonal Public hearings on Constitution Review. The Public hearings will be held simultaneously across the Six Geo-Political Zones of Nigeria as follows:Date: Thursday 15th -16th November 2012Venues and contacts: South South Calabar, Tinapa Hotel Freedom Osolo 08052736463 South East Enugu, House of Assembly Ogoke Emanuel 08023674124 South West Lagos, Airport Hotel Ikeja Solomon Jokotoye08038453588 North East Gombe, University Auditorium Hassan I. Mohammed080133265934 North West Sokoto, Sultan Maccido Institute Bintube Mustapha 08023586870 North Central Markudi, Royal Choice Inn Habiba A. Mohammed 08035991397 CROSS SECTION OF…
It is not in dispute that there is an urgent need for a National Dialogue or Conference on Nigeria. This will enable us correct past mistakes and acts of injustice of the country and create avenues for a better and more united Nigeria under a generally accepted supreme constitution. While we commend President Goodluck Jonathan for his decision to facilitate the National Dialogue or Conference and for setting up the Dr. Femi Okorounmmu technical committee to draw up modalities for the conference, we are concerned about the suspicion and lethargy that has so far trailed his decision. Mindful of previous…
A lot has been said about the November 16th Anambra State Governorship Election mostly out of emotion; a feeling of disappointment with the performance of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). The disappointments are not misplaced considering the amount of resources and time put into preparing for the election. INEC deserves all the opprobrium it has so far received. But the way forward is not to sit in despair or predict apocalypse in 2015 as some are already doing. What we can do is try to understand what went wrong and work to prevent a reoccurrence. Having reviewed most of…
I am concerned about the political condition of the country going into 2015 elections. With the glaring desperation of politicians across parties; I fear the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) will be overstretched and the Judiciary will yet again be the only hope in ensuring stability of the country pre and post 2015. The Judiciary very likely will be called upon to decide with finality the eligibility of the President to contest the 2015 elections and several other pre and post election issues that will arise. To effectively do that the Judiciary must have political and financial capacity. The Chief…
The rationale for justice administration and the rule of law is the desirability and indeed necessity of resolving conflicts within, and not outside, the legal and judicial system and framework. In the absence of a properly functioning legal and judicial system, force rather than law would rule and anarchy would result. But the much-sought-after functional judicial system requires an enabling environment made up of certain features. First and foremost, all persons and authorities no matter their status must be subject to the law and equal before it. Second, the judiciary must be truly independent and totally free from executive or…
For more than 15 years the Federal Government and state governments in Nigeria, contrary to international law have continued to extend crimes to which the death penalty applies. The moment a crime assumes notoriety or begins to overwhelm law enforcement agents, governments’ response has been to impose the death penalty for such crime(s). When kidnapping became the trend in South-east and South-south Nigeria most affected state governments prescribed the death penalty. The Federal Government responded to the surge in terrorism in the North-east and North-west Nigeria by imposing the death penalty. There is even a clamour that the death penalty…

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